Sunday service held at the Living Faith Church 50,000 capacity on Sunday March 22 has drawn mixed reactions among Nigerians – the crux of the story is that Bishop David Oyedepo obeyed the instruction of church lock up and social distancing in the U.S but disobeyed same order in Nigeria.
The Nigerian government had directed that gathering of more than 50 people should no longer hold – in a drastic effort to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, thousands of member of Winners Chapel gathered to pray that God should stop coronavirus plague in Nigeria and the world.
Media reports confirm that Winners Chapel had directed all its church branches across Nigeria to comply with relevant government directives regarding social gathering but that another memo was released on Saturday that all worshippers should be in church on Sunday.
According to Channels TV Youtube broadcast, all Christians in Nigeria were directed by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to set aside Sunday Macrh 22 and 29 as Days of Prayers to pray against coronavirus.
CAN President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle did not instruct churches not to gather but to follow all directives and warnings as they gather to pray.
Apparently, that may be the reason some churches ignored a government directive on “large gatherings,” as Nigeria grapples with a coronavirus pandemic.